#1 Posted by Devil240Z (3976 posts) -

I have been experimenting with champaign yeast. Adding it to juices and stuff to convert its sugar to alcohol. Right now I'm fermenting sugar water, one gallon with Champaign yeast and one gallon with regular yeast. Eventually I want to get into making beer but I'm just dipping my toes in with the stuff I'm doing now.

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

This is a pretty roundabout way of asking if I'm an alcoholic.

#3 Posted by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

A few years ago my dad and me brewed some beer together. Turned out pretty good, though there was alot of stuff that'd sink to the bottom oft he bottles so you had to be careful pouring it into a glass, aside from that it was good.

#4 Posted by BisonHero (8564 posts) -

There's Brewmaster Andy. Forget his username. He has sent in beer as a GB Mailbag before.

#5 Edited by AMyggen (5051 posts) -

I've been known to make beer, if that goes under your definition of booze.

#6 Posted by Wolfgame (977 posts) -

no... but I tried this a week ago and it was god awful, johnny bootlegger with that smug ass smile, serving up the worst thing I have ever tasted.

#7 Posted by CynicalBuzzard (254 posts) -

I am too lazy to make my own alcohol.

#8 Posted by falserelic (5721 posts) -

I might give it an experiment and try it out.

#9 Posted by YI_Orange (1220 posts) -

I have a friend that's gonna teach me and another friend how to make beer next time he does it. So, consider this a future yes.

Also, gonna tag @brewmaster_andy

#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

There's Brewmaster Andy. Forget his username.

#11 Edited by BisonHero (8564 posts) -

@bisonhero said:

There's Brewmaster Andy. Forget his username.

Haha, the irony. Somehow I forgot that was actually just his username.

#12 Posted by Brewmaster_Andy (600 posts) -

I have been summoned!

Yes, I brew (a lot) of my own beer. There are a few instructional style threads I have posted here with a regular brew day and a cider brew. The cider is a great beginner's recipe.

If you have any questions, ask away! And if you're going to PAX East, look for me and my cooler full of Giant Bomb beer at the panel!

#13 Posted by tourgen (4568 posts) -

hard cider is so damn easy to make it's almost criminal not to have a few gallons bubbling away

I wouldn't mind trying beer sometime too but it's a little more involved and I don't have all the gear on hand.

#14 Posted by Brewmaster_Andy (600 posts) -

@tourgen: You can actually make some really solid beer using just a 3-5 gallon stock pot and malt extract. The key to brewing with extract is adding half at the start of the boil, then half at the end. It helps avoid the homebrew "twang" that some brewers suffer from. Eventually you just go crazy like me and buy pumps and kegs and 15 gallon kettles and control panels and...

#15 Posted by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

Read a book on fermenting wine, and even started gathering the gear, but the dream fizzled out somehow. Would love to get back into it.

My father manufactured his own (terrible) beer for a time. That was long enough ago that I have no idea what the process was really like, or how it actually tasted. Definitely looks like more of a chemistry project than how basic wine-making equipment does.

#16 Edited by MattyFTM (14632 posts) -

We used to make our own wines, but we haven't done that in years. We do make flavoured spirits, but that's not making alcohol, that's taking alcohol and adding flavour to it. We essentially take a few bottles of the spirit of our choice, bung it in a Demijohn with a load of fruit and sugar & leave it there for a few months, giving it a good shake occasionally. You end up with really tasty alcohol, and really tasty fruit. Right now we've got some Raspberry Whiskey, some Blackberry Gin and some Cherry Brandy on the go.

#17 Edited by Yesiamaduck (1478 posts) -

I've made my own larger, it's really easy... don't know about the fancy stuff like Wine though XD I imagine the process is fairly similar... leave it in a steralized bucket with some sugar and away you go?

If you want to try beer for the first time you can just buy some extract, yeast and sugar and yeah it's pretty much straight forward. Make you get a pressurized container mind that way you can let the beer finish brewing the final week or two and then bottle the stuff, this will avoid any manky scum going into the bottle (as well as preventing beer bottle grenades) like someone earlier in the thread experienced.

#18 Posted by Brewmaster_Andy (600 posts) -

Eventually, if you fall down the rabbit hole, you wind up with this.

And this is the test batch for one of the beers I am bringing to PAX East!

#19 Posted by thomasnash (681 posts) -

@brewmaster_andy: Is the long tube a jerry-rigged airlock?

Me and my housemate tried brewing beer in our third year at university. It didn't work that well - tasted really weird and only had really low alcohol content (I think we failed to keep it warm enough).

#20 Posted by Brewmaster_Andy (600 posts) -

@thomasnash: Yeah, it's called a "blow-off tube." Same principle as an airlock, but I use them for aggressive fermentation so I don't get my airlock blown out. This IPA used a yeast starter and was going to (and did) take off like a rocket, so a blow-off helped avoid an exploding airlock. And I needed it - it still got all gunked up.